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Journeys : Feb March 2010
Sipping the blood of Jupiter Chris Viney takes a walk in Tuscany There’s a fou r-letter word that starts with ‘d’ and rhymes with ‘hill’. I'm thinking of that word as I slog up a steep track towards San Gimignano. With every panting step I realise that's what I was when I imagined a Tuscan walking holiday would be a flat and casual ramble from vineyard to vineyard, strolling la zily between picturesque little tow ns, quaffing chianti and tucking into wild boar ravioli. To be sure, there's plenty of chianti and ravioli along the way -- but those quaint and ancient tow ns perch on the top of prominent peaks, so the Etruscans had commanding views of their surroundings. They’re called ‘hill tow ns’ for a good reason and reaching them on foot inevitably involves a fair amount of up and dow n. Destinations Vineyards and olive groves below San Gimignano Photo: Chris Viney 17 February / March 10
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